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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • a. State Strategy Implementation

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include–

      • 2. Implementation of State Strategy

        Describe how the lead State agency with responsibility for the administration of each core program or a Combined Plan partner program included in this plan will implement the State’s Strategies identified in Section II(c). above. This must include a description of—

III. a. 2. B. Alignment with Activities Outside the Plan

Describe how the activities identified in (A) will be aligned with programs and activities provided by required one-stop partners and other optional one-stop partners and activities provided under employment, training (including Registered Apprenticeships), education (including career and technical education), human services and other programs not covered by the plan, as appropriate, assuring  coordination of, and avoiding duplication among these activities.

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(2b.) Alignment with Activities outside the Plan
As noted above, the Alabama Workforce System (AWS) includes programs and activities outside the Plan to include Community Services, HUD and Reintegration Services. Coordination and collaboration for programs not included in the Plan are provided through a strong partnership supported by the workgroups such as the Alabama WIOA Roundtable Workgroups. Workgroups also have been formed around career clusters, registered apprenticeships, career pathways and career tech at the secondary levels, Executive senior management and council member level to ensure activities are not duplicated. These workgroups allow members to discuss the needs of each local area or industry sector using data collected through labor market information, business and workforce leaders’ feedback.  They then propose solutions to be presented to either the state or local board as appropriate and implement solutions. As noted above, partners from outside of the WIOA plan consistently participate.    

WIOA core partners and other non-core programs will be integrating their information systems within the state’s new longitudinal data system known as, Alabama Terminal on Linking and Analyzing Statistics (ATLAS), starting in PY 2020. The new ATLAS data system will assist in the coordination of efforts by both core and non-core programs to serve WIOA participants, business and industry, while providing detailed feedback by industry sector. The State of Alabama also recognizes the need for additional technical assistance for the workforce system to reach its full potential for alignment of activities and services. The state will seek technical assistance starting in PY 2020 and continue using technical assistance resources as needed throughout the four-year period.